Homebuyers have different preferences when it comes to floor plans. However, an open floor plan has some clear advantages over a closed floor plan. Below is an overview of these advantages.
Doing multiple tasks in different rooms is difficult. With an open floor plan, you can handle multiple tasks because you are in one big room. For example, you can watch the kids while cooking or fold laundry as you keep your eyes on the food.
With a closed floor plan, only people in the same room will socialize or interact. An open floor plan allows you to interact even as you engage in your pastimes. For example, you can play a videogame as you chat with another person snacking in the kitchen.
Houses with open floor plans look and are more spacious than houses with closed floor plans. Thus, open floor plans are great for entertainment purposes. You don't have to worry about fitting many people in your living room if you don't have a wall between the living room and the kitchen.
Open floor plans foster lighting efficiency in two main ways. First, the absent walls allow natural light to illuminate more areas in your house than would be possible in a closed floor plan. Natural light is not only healthier, but it also helps to lower energy bills.
Secondly, the open floor plan also allows multiple areas of the house to share sources of light. You can use a single light bulb to illuminate a bigger area than you would do with a closed floor plan.
You don't have to designate specific parts of the house for specific tasks if you have an open floor plan. You also don't have to maintain furniture arrangements or furnishings. You can rearrange your house anytime you wish.
Lastly, an open floor plan also adds some value to your house. The increased value is because many people love open floor plans. Thus, the open floor plan may help you sell your property if you ever decide to resell it.
Consider an open floor plan the next time you are in the market for a home. You will find it easier to buy a house with an open floor plan than to knock down existing walls of a house with a closed floor plan. Inform your real estate agent about your plan preferences so that they can help you narrow down the available properties.
For more information, contact a real estate agent today.